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Frozen Teardrop: The Tragedy and Triumph of Figure Skating's "Queen of Spin" Paperback – Mar 30 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Select Books; 1 edition (Aug. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792131
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #624,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

One of the most gifted and revered figure-skaters of all time, Lucinda Ruh was twice named "Most Influential Person in the World of Figure-Skating" by International Figure-Skating Magazine and she remains the World Guinness record holder for the longest spin on ice. She is dubbed Queen of Spin and known as the fastest spinner on ice ever.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Repression and denial. April 12 2012
By Nancy G - Published on
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I am very puzzled by the reviews of this book here. While she did lead a horrendous life offstage, and is honest about it, this book is full of moralising. It seems to be all about repressing any hint of anger, at all costs. It is full of denial.
I don't understand how she can consider her mother so perfect and wonderful and free of all blame, when she was abusing her child emotionally and physically, and denying her illness to the extent that it was impossible for her to heal, for many years.
Does she really believe that everything was all her own fault, though she had started in figure skating at the age of four, and was rigidly controlled ever since?
I'm not saying that she shouldn't forgive, it's good that she did, but she seems to have taken all the blame on herself, and refuses to acknowledge any anger or negative emotions toward her abusive and controlling mother at any time.
Not only that, but she keeps telling the reader how to feel, or rather how not to feel. Telling us from the very start that we're not to feel any anger at any time towards anyone.
Expressing anger (without trying to hurt anyone) can be a good thing. You can become very depressed from repressed anger.
I'm not saying you shouldn't read this if you're interested in the inner world of figure skating. It gave me some interesting insights, and yes, it did make me angry, and I own that anger.
I'm glad she finally got well, and I hope she can stay well.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, but troubling May 31 2012
By bagelpuss - Published on
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This is a beautifully written memoir by one of my favorite skaters. It's full of thoughtful insight and wisdom about growing up in the world of competitive skating and all the dangers and privileges associated with it. Ruh has clearly learned from her struggles and has a lot of wisdom to impart, but I find myself agreeing with another reviewer that she also seems to cling to the illusion that to forgive means to forgo anger. She describes the pain and betrayal she feels from the many people who wronged her (including her mother), but never really gives herself permission to vent her anger. Although she has clearly taken the time to reflect on her experiences and learn from them, I have to wonder if she's still somewhat in denial.

That being said, this book is a must-read for serious skating fans and especially for fans of Ruh. There's much more here than just a description of a competitive career. I would also highly recommend this to all young female athletes, not just as a cautionary tale, but as a lesson to listen to your body and yourself first.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A startling page-turner Dec 4 2011
By K. Canaan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Whether you're familiar with the figure skating world or not, the stories and events detailed in this book will shock, sadden, and inspire you. Lucinda wrote this book herself and describes her life in great detail, taking you, the reader, through all the ups and downs with her. She takes a unique approach in which she names no names in the book (though if you're a big skating fan, you'll know who most of the people are that she refers to). From enduring physical and metal abuse and injuries to having a favorite coach taken away from her, there seems to be more tragedies in her life than triumphs, yet she keeps a positive outlook throughout the whole book and you come away feeling inspired and in awe. A definite must-read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Triumphant Success! Inspirational! Jan. 20 2012
By Gogoco - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I received "Frozen Teardrop" I had no idea what a ride I was in for! This is an amazing chronicle of a very young and gifted dancer/figure skater who had to choose which path she would follow. She dedicated her life to figure skating, please note this is not a book for figure skating affectionados but a book for anyone looking to read a jaw dropping story of a girl who had MANY obstacles to overcome and tells her story in such a compelling way that you can't put her book down! Having a love of foreign cultures, I enjoyed her stories about her parents fascinating world journeys, how Lucinda experienced so many different cultures while she trained in France, Japan, Switzerland, China (especially China), Russia, Canada and the US. Her firsthand account of 9/11 was particularly moving, she was living in the epicenter of disaster. Her intimate recollection of the devastation that hit NY is an amazing report of what it felt like to live through such a tragic historic time. During her journey Lucinda suffered physical & mental abuse that would have rendered most people useless but in the end Lucinda has experienced more than anyone could have ever imagined and lives to tell us her amazing story! This is a trip well worth taking!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I wish I had read a sample before I bought this Jan. 16 2014
By Lisa H - Published on
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I love Lucinda's skating - she is a fabulous skater. And I was so eager to read this that I didn't do any research on it. I really wish I had. The tone of this book is so sickening (sorry - I can't think of any other word that suffices) that I just can't even read it. I don't know who her ghost writer was, but I certainly never would hire them. It's hard to even describe the tone - I think this book must have been self published. I don't know of any major publisher would would have published this. I think maybe sanctimonious might describe it, but not completely. I couldn't get past the first 10 pages. I bought the Kindle version, so I'm stuck with it. It's the worst $10 I've spent in a long time. If you like TV soap operas, you might like this. If you were a college English major - probably not. My best advice - try to find a sample page or chapter before you buy. I spent $10 and ended more educated about buying electronic books (the hard way). So maybe it wasn't completely wasted (yes - it was). Hopefully, I'll be smarter next time.